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‘How Republicans Sabotaged The Economy’

Foreign Policy: Imagine, for a moment, how difficult it would have been to land a man on the moon if half of the U.S. Congress had believed that the sun revolved around the earth. Or consider how the War in the Pacific might have progressed if half of Congress had still thought the world was flat. Or whether polio would have been eradicated if half of Congress insisted that the best cure was bleeding using leeches. Unfortunately, this was the situation the United States in January 2009, when Barack Obama assumed the presidency. The nation was trying to climb out of the deepest economic hole since the Great Depression, but the Republican Party had about as scientific an approach to the economy as medieval alchemists did to the periodic table.

Sometimes, mistaken ideas can be harmless or even humorous. But in a crisis, they can be downright dangerous. By the time Obama took office, Lehman Brothers had failed, and the Treasury was already trying to prop up banks and other financial institutions to prevent a complete collapse of the economy. In addition, the nation had undergone a tremendous fiscal transformation. Back in 2000, the United States had expected to rack up more than $4 trillion in budgetary surpluses over the coming eight years, but the Bush administration enacted tax cuts that brought the tax burden for upper-income Americans down to the lowest levels since the 1940s. These cuts, combined with two expensive wars and a short recession, sent the nation into deep deficits. The new president faced an enormous task to revive the economy — one that he could not complete without Congress’s help. Together, they would have to protect Americans from a prolonged economic slump while attempting to chart a course toward a more fiscally responsible future.

Not everyone in Congress was in a mood to cooperate. Stung by their electoral defeats and facing Democratic domination of both houses, the Republicans did everything they could to slow the new president’s agenda, from filibusters and procedural votes to delayed appointments and partisan bickering….

Full article here

Thanks Desertflower

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2:40: President Obama arrives in Portland

4:50: Attends a campaign event at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland (Closed press)

** 7:10: Attends a campaign event at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland (Live coverage) **

8:05: Departs Portland en route Seattle, Washington

8:50: Arrives in Seattle

9:15: Attends a campaign event, private residence

11:15: Delivers remarks at a campaign event, private residence


180 Responses to “‘How Republicans Sabotaged The Economy’”


  1. 3 cluny
    July 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    is anyone watching Willard’s speech?

  2. 12 pugeretto
    July 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Congrats LL

  3. 13 Ladyhawke
    July 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    BRIDGE BRIEFING: Romney’s Record On Veterans

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    Romney’s Budget Plan Cuts $176 Billion From Non-Defense Discretionary Spending By 2016, Including Veterans’ Health Care. According to the Center on Budget And Policy Priorities, “Non-defense discretionary spending would be cut by $176 billion in 2016 — and $1.7 trillion through 2022 — in addition to the deep cuts already reflected in the budget baseline as a result of the caps in the BCA and the appropriations bills passed during 2011. This category of spending covers a wide variety of public services such as aid to elementary and secondary education, veterans’ health care, law enforcement, national parks, environmental protection, and biomedical and scientific research.” [Center on Budget And Policy Priorities, 5/21/12]

    Romney Proposed Cuts To Veterans Disability Compensation. According to the Center on Budget And Policy Priorities, “The cuts that would be required under the Romney budget proposals in programs such as veterans’ disability compensation, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for poor elderly and disabled individuals, SNAP (formerly food stamps), and child nutrition programs would move millions of households below the poverty line or drive them deeper into poverty. The cuts in Medicare and Medicaid would make health insurance unaffordable (or unavailable) to tens of millions of people.

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    Much more here….

    http://www.americanbridgepac.org/2012/07/wire/research/bridge-briefing-romneys-record-on-veterans/

  4. 17 Ladyhawke
    July 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever

    By Ezra Klein

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    This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On its own, such a vote would be unremarkable. Republicans control the House, they oppose President Obama’s health reform law, and so they voted to get rid of it.

    But here’s the punchline: This was the 33rd time they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    Holding that vote once makes sense. Republicans had promised that much during the 2010 campaign. But 33 times? If doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result makes you insane, what does doing the same thing 33 times and expecting a different result make you?

    Well, it makes you the 112th Congress.

    Hating on Congress is a beloved American tradition. Hence Mark Twain’s old joke, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” But the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had. Here, I’ll prove it:

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/07/13/13-reasons-why-this-is-the-worst-congress-ever/

  5. 18 FiredUpInCA
    July 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats LL. Seeing excerpts from Mitt’s speech in front of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars reminds me about how embarrassing and dangerous it was during the days of the anti-diplomatic Bush administration. We cannot go back to those days. No way. No how.

  6. 19 Bill
    July 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Mrs Greenspan said the VFW audience was more fired up with Willard than PBO while sitting in her studio in Washington.

    • 20 Linda
      July 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      He probably bused people in again…

    • 21 sabreen60
      July 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      VFW is a conservative organization. See my retweet above.

    • 24 Linda
      July 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Just sent this e-mail :

      Is Mrs Greenspan a journalist , a reporter, a pundit or a Romney surrogate ?

      How the heck does she know the VFW audience was more fired up with Willard than PBO while sitting in her studio in Washington.?

      • 25 proudofobama
        July 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

        Not to mention, they showed the entire Romney barfest. Cut off Pres after a few minutes. Despicable.

    • 26 FiredUpInCA
      July 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      That’s fine. The President is the commander-in-chief that presided over the capture of Osama bin Laden, and the toppling of Hosni Muburak and Moammar Ghaddafi, all with minimal drain of troops and treasure.

      If a veteran chooses to admire Romney more, a man with no foreign policy experience and a man who dodged the Vietnam draft while rooting for that war to be waged, and a man who is using Bush’s foreign policy advisers, then so be it.

    • 27 anniebella
      July 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Mrs. Greenspan is a Republican, what do you expect her to do, tell the truth.

  7. July 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  8. July 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Just got word that a wonderful person passed away yesterday. His name was Bud Silberman. I worked with him at my first library. Then at my current library, I work with his grandson. Then when I was deployed to a new library in the system to help get it up and running, I worked with his daughter. And his wife is treasurer of our Friends group. He was from Brooklyn, and had an amazing, wonderful life. And when PBO was elected in 2008, he said that it was the first time in years that he’d been proud of his country. Here’s to you, sir. You can rest now.

    • 31 globalcitizenlinda
      July 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend

    • 32 desertflower
      July 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      So sorry for this loss, LL. Sounds like it was a huge loss to everyone that was privileged to know him. Keep those memories close.

    • 35 sherijr
      July 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you for sharing about this lovely gentleman with us LL, I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • 38 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Just saw this sad news LL. So sorry for the loss of your friend. It seems he had a wonderful life and left behind people who remember him with love and respect.

  9. 39 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you, Chips for that big post:) I thought that was important….

    • 40 Roberta in MN
      July 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      DF that was one great article. I was reding it and had to finish before I could ciomment. But the ignorance and self ignorance of the RW is just unbelievable. Thanks again.

    • 42 globalcitizenlinda
      July 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      thank you for the link here. I like the local journalist who see to be more reasonable that the pompus group at the national level

  10. July 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I just love watching PBO’s arrivals in new cities, every chance I can get. The officials on hand in every city are so excited to have him there and all the regular people are lined up to see him and it’s (presumably) a high point in their lives. Yet to PBO, it’s just routine and yet he makes it seem like he’s delighted to be there and shake hands with these particular people and run across the tarmac to the crowd each time. The locals are always amazed that he does that and yet, I always expect him to! Of course, this time was extra special to watch because FLOTUS’s brother the BB coach was there to greet him too! Thanks for today’s fix, KPTV in Portland.

  11. 47 Pamela
    July 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Seattle ~ Ready and waiting with open arms, (and open check books)!

  12. 49 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Laugh of the day. Seriously…isn’t this the definition of insanity?

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/24/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall-2/

  13. 50 Linda
    July 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Reporter asked how much that man paid ?

    How rude.

  14. 51 socasweet
    July 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    How was Willard received?

  15. 55 Eveingeorgia
    July 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    P.M. Carpenter is disgusted with Romney’s speech.

    Here’s some:

    Romney’s VFW speech: an absolute obscenity

    ” Mitt Romney’s speech to the VFW, to which I’m presently retching, is an absolute obscenity. Romney is howling about Obamian treachery and all manner of the sitting president’s unpresidential rule. It is truly sickening and indescribably revolting.

    Each day I wonder if Mitt Romney can possibly sink any lower, if he can slither any more viperly, if can debase himself and his party any more spectacularly than he already has…”

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/07/romneys-vfw-speech-an-absolute-obscenity.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pmcarpenterscommentary+%28p+m+carpenter%27s+commentary%29

    • 56 proudofobama
      July 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      My feelings exactly. I was almost retching. Julian Epstein is going to be on Martin at 4:30. I tweeted him and asked him to address Romney calling our President “corrupt.” He tweeted me back and said good point. I hope he does.

      It was the most despicable, disgraceful thing I have ever heard.

  16. 57 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/24/12929479-jpmorgan-chase-settles-with-credit-card-customers-for-100-million?lite&__utma=14933801.1546375846.1342403203.1343148060.1343156789.26&__utmb=14933801.1.10.1343156789&__utmc=14933801&__utmx=-&__utmz=14933801.1342403203.1.1.utmcsr=theobamadiary.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/2012/07/15/no-pressure-willard/&__utmv=14933801.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Ccover=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.nbcnews.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=153737656

    JPMorgan Chase settles with credit card customers for $100 million

    JPMorgan Chase & Co has agreed to pay $100 million to settle litigation by credit card customers who accused the largest U.S. bank of improperly boosting their minimum payments as a means to generate higher fees.
    The class-action settlement resolves a three-year-old case stemming from Chase’s decision in late 2008 and 2009 to boost minimum monthly payments for thousands of cardholders to 5 percent of account balances from 2 percent.
    It comes as JPMorgan, like many of its main rivals, addresses a wide range of litigation over its banking practices, such as whether it conspired to overcharge retailers on card transactions, or manipulated benchmark interest rates.

  17. 58 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Please tell me how Romney has an advantage on the ECONOMY??? Someone is NOT PAYING ATTENTION!!

  18. 66 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    By having their votes to repeal the ACA… THIS is what republicans have actually done. you know…the ones that like to give lip service to the deficit…

    Breaking: The GOP Voted to Raise the Deficit 32 Times in the Past 18 Months

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/239747-cbo-repealing-health-reform-increases-deficit-by-109-billion

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday said repealing President Obama’s healthcare reform would increase the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years.

  19. 67 Linda
    July 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Mitt Romney’s money has more foreign policy experience than he does. !

    • 68 desertflower
      July 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      That’s a Tweet waiting to happen:)

      • 69 Cha
        July 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

        That’s a Tweet that Needs to Happen!

        Bob Carr can tell us all we need to know about how willard handles Foreign Policy. He LIES his way through like anything else he does.

        What other countries that have a Free Press must think of the USA.

    • 70 utaustinliberal
      July 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks for the tweet idea! :D

  20. 71 ChristiMTL
    July 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    It’s a bit too late now is it?

    “I regret my remarks are being used to impugn President Obama or his commitment to protecting national security secrets.” Feinstein

  21. 73 Bill
    July 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Fox & Friends interviewed two little girls, 4 and 7 years old, this morning and asked them if the government built their lemonaide stand. Another sign of our political discourse. The right wingers will not let it go.

    • July 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      No, but the government built the sidewalk it’s on. The government regulates what pesticides can be sprayed on the lemons they use to make their lemonade. God, F&F is full of fools.

    • 78 relellit
      July 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      LOL, :lol: :lol: Interviewing two little girls, 4 and 7 years old, gives more evidence to just how juvenile the so-called pundits, journalist, and population of the FOX NATION is!

  22. 80 Linda
    July 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Obama held assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Veterans’ Affairs through December 2006.

    In January 2007, he left the Environment and Public Works committee and took additional assignments with Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.[89] He also became Chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on European Affairs.

    As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

    # Can Mitt Match This ?

    • 81 COS
      July 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      ABSOLUTELY NOT Linda. President Obama has built in foreign policy experience from way, way back. Lying vile Robney think that he can fool us by going to 4 countries and lying. I can’t wait until the debates. I am so glad that Randi is talking about his lies again today. Of course this is what they wanted, so that the tax return issue could go away.

  23. 82 whatisworking
    July 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Greetings TOD family

    Great videos today and encouraging news on the polls.

    Share this story which is just another example of PBOs hard work to help veterans

    New veteran unemployment falls in June, hinting at positive trend

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/07/new-veteran-unemployment-falls-in-june.html

  24. 83 ChristiMTL
    July 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    For a person who complains when he is attacked and says it could be all about the issues, one would think Mitt Romney would not refer to the president as “corrupt,” but that’s just what he did while speaking to the VFW when he said, “A healthy American economy is what underwrites American power. When growth is missing, government revenues fall, social spending rises, and many in Washington look to cut defense spending as an easy way out. That includes our corrupt president.” The Las Vegas Sun reports he meant to say “current president.”

    I was half listening because it was too much for my nerves, I must have missed it.

  25. 85 whatisworking
    July 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Helmets to Hardhats: Military Veterans Rebuild the World Trade Center

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/07/helmets-to-hardhats-military-veterans.html

  26. 86 whatisworking
    July 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Speaking of small business

    MyCare: Louisa M. in Palm Beach, FL :: Small Business and HCR

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/07/mycare-louisa-m-in-palm-beach-fl-small.html

  27. 87 whatisworking
    July 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    This video is a nice snapshot of hat women are thinking about health care reform.

  28. 89 whatisworking
    July 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    This is totally OT but a heart warming story nonetheless

    Little Free Libraries pop up in Puget Sound area

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/07/little-free-libraries-pop-up-in-puget.html

  29. 90 Linda
    July 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Where is Martin Bashir ? I am going through withdrawal….!!!

  30. July 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    The Obama administration will open public lands in six Western states to more solar projects as part of a solar energy road map it publicized Tuesday.

    The Interior Department set aside 285,000 acres in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah for the initiative. Firms can apply for waivers to develop projects on an additional 19 million acres.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/239781-obama-administration-announces-solar-energy-plan

    Wow!

  31. 96 okeyo
    July 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    what a rotten stupid speech from a draft dodger. Can somebody review the speech because it seems that he called the President corrupt. this man lacks decency although he was speaking to VFW that has never supported any democrat I am so insensed with this attack on our beloved President

  32. July 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    When Robney says we want a special counsel for National Security Leaks, that is not a Campaign of Confidence. More likely, it’s a Hail Mary and stinks of desperation.
    Also, Senator Feinstein can fuck off!
    That is all!

  33. 99 FiredUpInCA
    July 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  34. 100 Ladyhawke
    July 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    VFW hears two very different perspectives

    By Steve Benen

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    In Romney Land, it makes sense to condemn timelines in Afghanistan, then promise to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan “by 2014.” In Romney Land, it makes sense to blame a Democratic president for budget cuts demanded by congressional Republicans. In Romney Land, as American prestige and credibility is on the rise around the globe, it makes sense to say America’s image has been “diminished.”

    But it was this line from his speech that I found especially hard to stomach:

    “This is very simple: if you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I am not your president. You have that president today.”

    Think about that for a second: in Mitt Romney’s mind, as of today, the United States is no longer the strongest nation on earth. He felt comfortable leveling this attack against American strength to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, no less.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/24/12931956-vfw-hears-two-very-different-perspectives?lite

    • 101 COS
      July 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      I did not and could not make myself watch lying Robney’s speech, but PBO was able to stand in front of the vets and tout what he has done for them. He laid it out one by one. I can’t believe they would want to take a chance on someone who they know is inconsistent and is a liar.

  35. 102 FiredUpInCA
    July 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Associated Press article:

    SPIN METER: Obama’s ‘You didn’t build that’ echoes

    By PHILIP ELLIOTT
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says Barack Obama doesn’t think entrepreneurs built their businesses. The problem is that’s not what the president said.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_ROMNEY_BUILDING_THAT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    An AP article is the last place I thought I would see Mitt being called out for his lying. Yet here it is.

  36. 104 relellit
    July 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I’m so sick of R-money and his lies. We have yet to know what specifically R-money will do on Foreign Policy. Actually, R-money did give a hint when he said he would listen to his advisers. Think–Dick Cheney incognito!!! Nothing has changed with the fear and war mongering GOP obstructionist except time intent on enriching their pockets with no bid war contracts.

    I found it very offensive for R-money to say he would not be apologetic around the world. Personally, I think Romney the place to be apologetic is to veterans. He should have apologized to veterans for adopting the GOP obstructionist’s stance of not wanting to do very much for veterans.

  37. July 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The GOP House is doing yet another Approval of Keystone. How many dies this make? They keep doing these bills, so they can get Moolah in their Coffers, from Exxon!
    All their bills, are designed for fundraising opportunities!

  38. July 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    • July 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      This is COOL! We need Secretary Chu for 4 more years at the DOE!

      • July 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        He’s simply the very, very, very best. I REALLY hope he stays on but it’s very tough for professors at Berkeley to stay away from academia. Tyson and Romer chose to leave.

        • 109 Bill
          July 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          I think after a certain length of time away they lose their tenure.

          • July 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

            At UC, tenure is for life. What they miss out on are their labs and publishing in academic journals so important to their career and also the basis of their merit increases, which affect their retirement, etc.

  39. 111 Debz
    July 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Maybe it is time for our for our Pres to just tell these veteran groups to just fuck off.

    • July 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Jon Ralston can Fuck off!

    • 114 Nena20409
      July 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Did Jon Ralston have a cheer-o-meter in the room?

    • 115 Linda
      July 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Crusty old white men cheer for Lying Romney.

    • July 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      This is one of those clear cases of lock-step RW politics and racism.

      • 117 COS
        July 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

        I agree Meta. How can you cheer for someone who has no exerience and record dealing with veterans after you find out what he and his party want to do to the VFW. I cannot believe that this was the same group of people who listened to PBO.

      • 118 COS
        July 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        Meta, I notice that NYT is already saying something about Romney going after PBO about cuts and leaks. Did I miss something? Has there been any leaks lately?

        • 119 Sharon
          July 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

          A couple awhile back. Still under investigation. Don’t have a culprit. The newspapers who printed them stated that their sources did not come from the White House.

          • 120 COS
            July 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

            Thx Meta. I was thinking it was something that happened recently. Robney is acting as if leaks did not occur under the Bush and other administrations. I detest this man. I would like to know what did he say about healtcare and getting vets back to work. Something tells me that the audience did not consist of some of the folks who attended yesterday. Where was Rachel’s friend Ralson yesterday? From what I saw, it appeared that everyone was really applauding the accomplishments for vets since PBO has been in office.

        • 121 Debz
          July 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          What is really disgraceful is the fact that they would cheer Romney when it is President Obama who has done more for veterans than any President in recent memory. Sadly, since this is the VFW, I am not surprised.

        • 122 Zekke LyDonna
          July 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

          If they really want to find the leaks, they should investigate the office of michele bachmann.

    • 123 Sharon
      July 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Cheering against their own best interests. Yesterday they heard what President Obama has done for them as veterans–substantial. Today they turn their back on their own needs to cheer a big bunch of lies. Too brainwashed.

      • 124 carolyn
        July 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        VFW is a strange organization. From what I’ve seen they are a lodge for old men who like to wear hats and talk about war experiences. Notice the make up of the organization…..old white men. Young vets do not join that organization. My son would never think of joining it, even my husband who is a Korean War vet would never think of it. They must be placated and made to feel important every year, but always vote against their own interests.
        This is funny…..Mitt spoke to the NAACP first, and we all know how that turned out,then the Vide President spoke. The President spoke first to the VFW, then Mitt spoke today. The VFW is not a big vote getting organization. Someone from VoteVets is trying to set them straight on Twitter, but I doubt those old guys even know what it is. Tomorrow the President goes to the Urban league, Mitt won’t do that.

        These old guys probably want the “fed’rul gubmint” out of their lives too!!! They all draw social Security, Vets’ retirement benefits and are on Medicare. This is mean, but the faster they die off the better for the country. President Obama is very kind and complimentary to them. I don’t have to be.

    • 125 globalcitizenlinda
      July 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      could the reports also be doctored to fit a certain theme??

    • 126 globalcitizenlinda
      July 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      please follow the handle on this tweet, click on the name and glance through the website.

      see the rest of the comments from this reporter Jon Ralston?

      think you notice an mitt-cheering trend in the tweets?

  40. July 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

  41. 129 lamh35
    July 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Not political, but Aww man! George and Whizzy both in that deluxe apartment in the sky. RIP Shermen Hemsley!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/sherman-hemsley-dead-dies-the-jeffersons_n_1699590.html

    Who can forget “The Jeffersons”?

    Or “Amen!”

  42. 130 Sharon
    July 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    AG Holder is holding a press conference right now (CBS) along with city officials of New Orleans about new policies being put into place to reform the police department there–after a long investigation. One even thanked President Obama for his hard work in helping New Orleans come back. He will be there tomorrow–addressing the Urban League.

  43. 132 Claire
    July 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Still waiting for faux news to let us know how much romney’s European soiree is going to cost taxpayers.

  44. 134 Bill
    July 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Michael Steele told Tweety that PBO has a “tone of weakness” when he goes abroad without giving examples.

  45. 137 globalcitizenlinda
    July 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I would like to caution some about reacting so strongly to the reports about the “warmer reception” that mitt the serial liar reportedly got from VFW.

    notice who is reporting these?

    also remember that the media got their memo earlier to push this theme for the day? why are we surprised when the MSM does what it has always done which is to push rightwing talking points?

    of course the people who are pushing this anti-PBO theme are expecting us who support PBO to be critical of the veterans in these “reports”. they will then turn around and say PBO-supporters “insult” veterans.

    and the outrage will feed on from one or two obscure comments – we know the drill here so please remember that

  46. 138 Linda
    July 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Someone needs to whip that smirk off of UpChuck face.

    I had to turn off the TV again…

    • 139 Bill
      July 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      He did not get his job because of his looks or his hair.

    • 140 Vicki
      July 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Linda,
      Are we watching the same show? I thought I heard the fat lady sing: Chuck Toad saying that PBO has won the last 6 months. Chuck looked Miserable.
      The opposition will try to wring hope out of not-much-at-all. We need to stay positive. The ## especially the Electoral College give our President a tremendous advantage.
      A poll or a paidoff pundit here and there cannot change facts on the ground.
      Everytime I feel unreasonable fear I hit the Donate button. Even though the amount I can send the campaign is small it makes me feel better and it keeps my hopes high.

  47. 142 utaustinliberal
    July 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks Linda!

  48. 145 Don
    July 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Let Romney speak, it is sauce for the goose.

  49. 147 Bill R.
    July 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  50. 148 Bill R.
    July 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    • 149 Don
      July 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      But the election wasn’t this past weekend.

      • 150 Bill R.
        July 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        Yes and if his solid leads in PA and MI hold up the election is PBO’s. We need to remember there is no national election or campaign. There are state electoral elections.

    • 151 Lorraine
      July 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      As far as I can remember the election is a state by state effort; and President Obama is leading handsomely in those states with 333 electoral votes to Romney’s 190 something.

    • July 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Daily Kos/ Seiu is slightly to the right. They don’t want to get burned again.
      Same with Daily Kos, PPP poll… Kia had a problem in midterms, with polls skewed to the left.

  51. 153 Linda
    July 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    A federal appeals court upheld a South Dakota law on Tuesday that requires doctors to tell women seeking abortions that the procedure causes an increased risk of suicide.

    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the provision is constitutional by a vote of 7-4. The seven judges in the majority were all appointed by former President George W. Bush.

    • 154 nospin
      July 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      the doctor’s will never tell the women that. They can make it a requirement all they want but unless they are going to set up cameras in the examination room and have a government official standing there while they are having the discussion this is a waste of time and hopefully tax payer dollars didn’t go into pursuing this garbage.

      • 155 Linda
        July 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        By their logic…I guess every military recruiter needs to every recruit that WAR is linked to suicide……

        I am so sick of these people. I am going to have to search to see if any of the 7 are women.

  52. 156 Bill R.
    July 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I’m not a fan of PPP that they don’t poll cell phones. But I welcome their state polls that spell good news, particularly as they are resonant with other credible polls and stand against the phony MSM doom and gloom stupidity.

  53. 158 Cman
    July 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I listened to both speech (barely could contain myself from retching at Mitt’s hate filled tirade) but Romney was not received more warmly. There was one guy close to the microphone that would yell loudly but that was about it. The organic applause were about the same. Actually, at some point people were clapping out of politeness for Romney. Side note WTH is up with Romney? All he does is bash, bash, bash. Obama this, Obama that. I frankly have no idea what he would do, except it is the opposite of whatever Obama is doing.

    • 159 carolyn
      July 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks for doing that for all of us Cman. You have a strong stomach. When I read the other reports, I had a feeling what you said was the case. One loud person tilts it for some observers.

    • 160 FiredUpInCA
      July 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Side note WTH is up with Romney? All he does is bash, bash, bash. He can’t do anything else. He can’t run on his record as an outsourcing pioneer. Or his 47th out of 50 job creation record. So being the rich bully grown up he can’t do anything else but carpet bomb his opponents with negative ads.

      Here’s the thing. During the debates he has to debate the President face-to-face. And contrary to the weak, vulnerable opponent Romney fantasizes the President is, he hasn’t really had to deal with the actual President face to face yet.

      I am going to enjoy that day.

  54. July 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    OK, this is off topic but here’s what some folks are doing this week: 10,000+ bike riders crossing Iowa (approximately 472 miles, give or take) in July heat and humidity. And is is the 40th year they’ve officially been doing it! We call it RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).

    Here’s our current coverage: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/ – top of the page link.
    Here’s our Wikipedia listing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragbrai
    There’s even a Twitter hashtag of #RAGBRAI.

    We’ve been known to get quite a few politicians in the past – I thought Mitt’s missionary bicycling skills could be useful here, but thankfully we haven’t seen him. When I say “we”, of course I don’t mean “me”.

  55. July 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    This is very simple: if you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I am not your president. You have that president today.”
    Wow!……… If mitt Win America is doom, The crazy Ratpublican will hold him at his words, and take the USA down a darker past then Bush did.
    NO JOB, More War.

  56. 163 Claire
    July 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    willard says USA is weak.

  57. 164 lamh35
    July 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I have already planned to no longer frequent Chik-Fil-A. I have a number of good friends, co-workers, and loved one who are gay. Any business that would willfully discriminate against people I love are no good to me. If they are willing to openly discriminate against one group of people they will be okay with doing it to other groups and I don’t need to spend my money there. My money, my choice. Even if I wasnt’ gonna stop, I’m def stopping now. No one lies about “The Muppets” and gets any of my money…lol.

    This sign was in a Chik-Fil-A today. This is a lie BTW. The Jim Henson Co parted ways with Chik-Fil-A over Chik-Fil-A’s CEO comments on gay marriage. Rather than being upfront with their clientele they posted this sign as way of explanation of why they won’t be having anymore Muppets toys.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/24/chick-fil-a-because-lying-is-a-christian-value/

  58. 165 Linda
    July 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    OMG….Erin McPike’s Hair is a different color every day………….hahhhaaaaa

  59. 166 lamh35
    July 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    New Obama ad?

    “Always”

    So this ad is in addition to “Choices” where POTUS spoke directly to camera? I think the Obama strategy is to put POTUS upfront since whatever policy disagreements, moderates and independents still like the POTUS personally.

  60. 167 Lorraine
    July 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t understand why everyone is getting upset about Romney. He is a natural born liar even those in the media know this. They just want a close election (something the might get in percentages, but not in the electoral college) and will sweep Romney’s lies under the rug until they get to big to cover up. Romney is a pathetic juvenile who spews hate and lies for a living. He doesn’t have a plan other than take up back to the future with Bush tax cuts, no healthcare for millions that need it and repealing women’s rights. We should be grateful when Romney bashes President Obama that lets the voters know he has no plan from which to work with.

  61. 168 Dakota
    July 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson) passed away today. Enjoyed many years of laughs from him. Rest in Peace.

  62. 169 Bill R.
    July 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  63. 171 Bill R.
    July 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  64. 172 JER
    July 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SURPRISE VISIT BY PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    The President made an unscheduled stop at the Gateway Breakfast House… The neighborhood greasy spoon is known for its huge portions and great service. He greeted diners and bantered about what he was going to eat and how everyone was doing…

    President Obama sat at a table with three veterans… They appeared to talk about health care issues and expenses and at one point the president said emphatically with a smile, “That one we can do right away. You heard it from the Commander in Chief.”

    The President managed to get in a bite to eat as well. What did he order? A cheese sandwich, split pea soup and iced tea. (Onlookers said he didn’t finish the soup.) … http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=163596366&fPath=/news/local&fDomain=10202

  65. 176 purpleshoesla
    July 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Folks, less than 24 hours ago, our very own lovely Ms. Chips posted 6, count ‘em 6 pictures of our POTUS getting mobbed by VFW vets (including the”old white ones”) after his VFW speech yesterday including getting a poster from one of them as a present. Go back to the This and That thread from last night. Are you going to believe your eyes or the tweets from Repug reporter and our lamestream media about Mittens’ was better received. Come on. Go back and look at those pictures again, take some deep breaths and calm down. Please and thank you.

  66. July 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    NBC poll has the President up 6, 49-43.
    Ppp poll had them tied at 47!

  67. 180 Linda perry
    July 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    All Willard the lying Bishop got is more lies. This Willard is a lying machine. The media should start calling Willard Liar Romney.


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